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3 NATO troops die in attack in Afghanistan
Militants killed three NATO troops in Afghanistan Wednesday, International Security Assistance Force officials said.
“Three International Security Assistance Force service members died following an insurgent attack in eastern Afghanistan today,” the ISAF said in a statement posted on its Web site.
In keeping with its policy, the ISAF didn’t identify the nationalities of the victims or the location of the incident, saying it defers to appropriate national authorities.
Local officials said that two suicide attackers detonated explosives near soldiers in Assadabad, the capital of Kunar province, Wednesday, killing an unknown number of people, China’s state-run Xinhua reported.
Provincial security chief spokesman Sher Wali said the bombing occurred as NATO troops were walking near the provincial council building, Khaama Press said.
Local security officials in Maidan Wardak province said Taliban militants attacked a security checkpoint along Kabul-Bamiyan highway Wednesday near Zewlat village.
Khaama Press said reports indicated a NATO convoy was traveling through the area when the attack occurred.
A local security official said NATO forces, Afghan police and Taliban fighters engaged in heavy fighting.
Coalition and Afghan forces arrested a Taliban leader in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province Wednesday, ISAF said in a statement.
The statement said the leader controlled an insurgent cell that was responsible for multiple attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the region.
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